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Interpol has nightmares - Selebi

By unknown | Mar 06, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Getrude Makhafola

Getrude Makhafola

Cross-border crime is giving Interpol sleepless nights.

Interpol president and South African police commissioner, Jackie Selebi, said they were doing everything to stay ahead or catch up with the criminals.

Said Selebi: "Criminals and organised crime groups change the way they operate so we must constantly develop the capacity to adapt to this ever-changing environment," said Selebi.

As part of fighting this scourge, a three-day symposium of heads of police training from all over the world kicked off in Kempton Park yesterday.

Selebi disclosed that African member countries were exchanging ideas on how to combat crime.

"This symposium came at the right time in fostering relations with our neighbours," he said.

"Interpol and its member countries are concerned about illegal immigrants who pose a challenge as they get involved in criminal activities after landing in neighbouring counties.

"We are confident that the exchange programmes we have with other countries will bear fruit in fighting this scourge."

According to Interpol's secretary- general Ronald Noble, police training is becoming increasingly professional through accreditation with various institutes of learning.

"It is important that police leaders have a strong understanding of international policing.

"This is to ensure that their own officers are able to collaborate effectively with their own counterparts in other countries," said Noble.

According to Noble, Interpol has established new training courses throughout all regions for this year.

This programme gives officers the opportunity to rotate in three-month cycles in member countries.


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